Honoring David Fillers' Life

By Matt Markham

January 15, 2012 Updated Jan 15, 2012 at 12:07 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It has been almost two weeks since David Fillers was found dead. But, time seems irrelevant to the ones who miss him most. Kids aren't supposed to die at twenty-one years old. Some are fighting through sorrow to bring honor to their friend and his family.

"We've got a ton of people coming in," said Brandon Dolan. "This place is packed right now."

"It's just totally incredible," said Tom Serbonich. "The turn-out, and the support from everybody in this community, and all the friends of the family, of all the boys. It's just overwhelming."

David Fillers may be gone, but his spirit is not. It lives on in the hearts of those he loved.

"I grew up with David and the family across the street," Dolan said. "A lot of the organizers are good friends of the family. This is all for them."

This benefit shares with others what David shared in his twenty-one years -- loyalty and friendship.

"The day after it happened, when we all found out, we decided that this was something we felt we needed to do," said organizer Brian Norris.

Friends quickly turned sorrow in to determination to make the tragedy of David's death a chance to help others.

"We've been running around getting donations, asking for anyone who wanted to help," Norris said. "It was amazing how much the community pulled together to help us."

They showed their compassion at the House of Reardon, bringing ten dollars for a scholarship for a Chenango Valley student in Fillers' name.

"They'll have to be in the engineering field," Dolan said. "That's what David was doing."

"That's really the big goal here -- to make someone else's life better through David," Norris said.

It's helping others, as friends say David would.

"He would go out of his way to help you feel comfortable in your surroundings," Norris said. "He really just made everything better. Not a mean or bad bone in his body."

Nothing will bring David Fillers back. But the outpouring of support is also for Fillers' mother, searching for that comfort in her heart, which will always be close to David.

"It definitely does help," Ann Fillers said. "It really does help."

Broome County Sheriff's Deputies continue to investigate the circumstances behind Fillers' death.

22 year-old Alan Outman has been taken in to custody.

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